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Romans, though you’re guiltless, you’ll still expiate
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~Horace, Odes, III, 6; A. S. Kline trans.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sarmatian Days

Pontifex Cn. Cornelius Lentulus
Sarmatian Days (Poltava, Ukraine) was a huge success this year. We had three couples wed in a Roman ceremony. Two days later, three Sarmatians made a votum, an augur publicus was consecrated by Pontifex Cn. Cornelius Lentulus and then a templum was established for the building of a temple to Jupiter.

One of the most striking and memorable features was the strength and clarity of the positive signs that were given when auspices were requested. There was ample opportunity for negative signs, but only positive ones were seen. For example, when auspices were requested for establishment of the templum, and when silencium was achieved, a bird flew out of the left and directly into the space designated as the templum. The positive signs for the weddings included a double rainbow that appeared after a sudden shower, the first rain to fall there for six weeks.

Sarmatia Provincia (Russian)

1 comment:

  1. In most countries, rain on a wedding day is a very good omen. That a double rainbow appeared is awesome!